1939 is considered one of the greatest years of film. Lots of classics were released that year. The 10 movies nominated for Best Picture were Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Dark Victory, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and Love Affair. The big winner at the Oscars was Gone with the Wind which won a total of 9 awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
Gone with the Wind did win Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting actress like it did at the Oscars. The interesting thing in the Best Supporting Actress category there was a tie between two nominees from Gone with the Wind. While Hattie McDaniel won the award in 1939 in our poll she shares it with co-star Olivia De Havilland.
The Best Actor and Supporting Actor winners in our poll both differed from the winners at the Oscars. Both went to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington where James Steward won Best Actor and Claude Rains won Best Supporting Actor. Two actors that are considered among the Best Actors of all time so it is not surprising they won. In 1939 it was Roger Donat taking Best Actor for Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Thomas Mitchell winning Best Supporting Actor for Stagecoach.
The Results of our Poll
Best Picture - Gone with the Wind
Best Actor- James Stewart - Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Best Actress- Vivien Leigh - Gone with the Wind
Best Supporting Actor - Claude Rains- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Best Supporting Actress - Hatie McDaniel and Olivia de Havilland (tie) for Gone with the Wind
Best Director- Victor Fleming - Gone with the Wind
you can see the break down here.